Today's Astrology Forecast | October 17, 2019 - investing in what we love, having some skin in the game, uncomfortable conversations, clearing the way for greener pastures, information, communication, busy-ness

The Moon continues her way through Gemini, mostly unobstructed. We are busy, communicative, curious, active. We want to know what we are talking about. Humor is connecting. She will trine (brakes off) Mars (in Libra) at 3:10PM EDT. Walking our talk with other people. Social activities.

Any Moon/Mars contact could make us (and other people) more easily irritated. We could feel rushed.

Our focus might be on Gemini themes - communications, information, siblings, neighbors, writing, sales, local travel, decisions, for some people Gemini will show up as transportation situations.

Venus (almost midway through Scorpio now) trines the Cancer North Node at 12 degrees.

What is deeply, passionately felt is pulling us forward. 

The deeper we go, the closer we get to a more authentic, more nurturing, more "feels like home and safety and mom and apple pie" future, even if it makes us feel more vulnerable. The thing we merge with other people - love/finances/resources - is moving us toward our future - as long as we are real with this (the Libra frivolousness/social niceties won't quite be enough); as long as we have some skin in the game. Move toward beauty. Move toward peace. But remember this is Scorpio. We can't just like it. We've got to LOVE IT. Scorpio demands commitment. We can't just stick a toe in and check the temperature, we have to get our whole body wet. 

People with planets/points on or very near 12 degrees of Cancer/Scorpio will feel this strongest, but we all have access.

Take something one step further. 

Dig a little deeper. 

Get a little closer.

At the same time Mercury, also in Scorpio, (more depth/more truth) is trining Black Moon Lilith in Pisces. Giving a voice to a taboo space we are holding. Uncomfortable conversations. With Mercury walking his/her pre-retrograde degrees we will be back here two more times (11/9 retrograde and 12/4 direct), so this conversation isn't over.

We have the Moon in Gemini able to keep things light and intellectual. Wanting to stay on the surface. But, Gemini's ruler Mercury (deep in Scorpio now at 18 degrees) NEEDING to know what's underneath.

We also have Jupiter semi-sextile Pluto at 20 degrees. We have to trust that what has died/what we have lost/the power that has crumbled is happening and has happened to pave the way for something BETTER. When we lose, we win. Jupiterian "luck" requires faith. We are being made stronger, being readied for something MORE.

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | October 16, 2019 - long void, dealing with what we already have, time gets stretchy, adjusting to a partner, ego vs instinct

The Moon goes void off a trine to Pluto at 4:37AM EDT. She will be void all day - until she moves into busy and communicative Gemini at 10:30PM EDT.

Time gets stretchy.

We can get alot done during the void today - or just get some rest - off that Pluto trine (nice productive energy, empowerment, looking at resources, dealing with what we own), but stick to routine tasks and expect some twists and turns and do-overs.

During her void she will inconjunct the Libra Sun giving us this month's waxing inconjunct.

This is the aspect that winds down last weekend's big Full Moon in Aries - Sun inconjunct Moon is about self-acceptance (in this case the Taurean energy will be about accepting what we have, maybe the bird in the hand) and this self-acceptance adjusting to our relationships (Libra). Maybe we value this, but society (through the people we are in relationship with) tells us we need to value that. We have this, but to be in balance we need to have that.

Maybe this transit - and it moves very fast today, blink and it will be gone - lets us see the ways we might 1. struggle for acceptance within relationships, 2. attract situations where we are not wanted 3. feel a need to explain or justify ourselves or what we have 4. want/need to change something we have/own in order to be in a relationship or bring a relationship into a better balance

Through these monthly Sun/Moon inconjuncts we are learning (through the various signs and their spaces in our natal chart) the difference between our natural motivations/inclinations and where we might have an ulterior motive of winning acceptance, etc. Ego vs instinct.

Remember inconjuncts are never going to be totally reconcilable. This is the rock and the hard place - a space of give and take.

What needs to shift for balance to be maintained/restored? The Moon is void, so no big moves, but just do a little more of that.

xo all

photo by the talented laura-makabresku

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 15, 2019 - information leaking out, logic and intuition working together, intimate conversations, compassion, connection through language, visionary thinking, talking to our ancestors

The Moon is cruising through Taurus today - trining Saturn at 4:44PM EDT (stabilizing our money, setting up a budget) and sextiling Neptune at 8:22PM EDT. She has an opposition with Mercury at 8:32PM EDT - so the potential for some kind of mine vs ours or love/money/intimacy tiff this evening. The latest set of Dem debates are tonight in the U.S., maybe financial/monetary policies will be a point of contention.

The good news today is we have Mercury (in Scorpio) trining Neptune (in Pisces).

Visionary thinking.

Boundaries dissolve. Words bring us closer together. Situations feel more intimate. Someone (maybe us and the words may just drift right out of our mouths) says something very REAL expanding our compassion and connection.

Potentially emotional conversations about endings.

This is from the weekly:

"Inspirational/intuitive thinking. Creativity. Spirituality. Writing. Making/listening to music. Our logical mind and our intuition is working together. The words left unsaid are maybe more important than what we are saying/hearing, so pay attention with all your senses. More secrets coming out as Neptune dissolves those Scorpian boundaries. Our ancestors/our past is talking to us. Listen. Meditate. The answers are out there (they won't be the final answers though because Mercury is on a long, back-and-forth journey through deep Scorpio this fall)."

Not good energy for detailed work, but beautiful energy for creative and mystical work.

We are both listening to our intuition AND incorporating truth/the facts into our thinking now.

As always with any Neptune contact, there is always the possibility for rose-colored glasses and illusion. Keep this in mind, maybe, but don't let the fear of saying too much keep something bottled up that needs to be said ...

xo all

Also keep in mind Mercury is walking degrees she/he will walk two more times - so we will be back here again on November 13th with Mercury retrograde (when we do the re-vision, re-thinking, saying it again another way, etc) - and finally on November 28th with Mercury direct and the final/final answer. People with planets and points near 15 degrees Scorpio/Pisces will feel this strongest.

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of October 14, 2019 - out of the shadows, knowing what we don't want to know but it stabilizes us, inspirational thinking, mergers and acquisitions, saying yes to opportunities

MONDAY - Sun squares Pluto, Mercury sextiles Saturn
TUESDAY - Mercury trines Neptune
THURSDAY - Venus trines the North Node, Mercury trines BML
SATURDAY - Mercury sextiles Pluto
SUNDAY - Venus sextiles Saturn

Lots of information and communication this week (big news and deep insights) as we prepare to make IMPORTANT DECISIONS which we will re-visit, re-view, re-vise over the next few weeks.

On MONDAY, the Moon went void Sunday evening at 5:59PM EDT off her square to Pluto. She is void until 12:24PM EDT when she moves into comfort-loving Taurus - the sign of her exaltation.

The Sun squares Pluto (we talked about this in the Full Moon posts HERE) is exact now. A light is thrown on the shadows of a relationship/an injustice/something out of balance. Jealousy. Compulsion. Manipulation. Uncomfortable and unbalanced power situations. Power struggles. Something could feel like life and death (because in a sense it is) as we struggle for air.

The ways through this: let's think about the signs involved, Libra/Capricorn - maybe here is the need for grace under pressure. Diplomacy. Tact. This isn't about being wishy-washy, passive aggressive or playing small to keep something in balance though. The Sun is going to move past his square to Pluto - as whatever this is comes out into the light. This could also be a bit of a humbling as the Sun (our ego) needs to maneuver around the darkness. Secrets can come out.

Maybe something we have been avoiding looking at will come into focus. Our self-sabotaging tendencies might be right in our face. Cords are being/have been cut all over the place folks.

Today's other big aspect will help -

Mercury (in Scorpio) sextiles Saturn (in Capricorn).

Opportunities via talks and information, especially with authority, our career and goals. Excellent for business and commerce. Making efforts toward greater security. Information that stabilizes the situation. Our ideas get legs. We are merging. Borrowing/lending. Getting to the bottom of things. Doing the research. Walking our talk.

With Mercury in Scorpio - Scorpian themes - other people's money, spouse's income, taxes, inheritance, loans, intimacy, sex, reproduction, life/death, finances - could play a part.

We'll talk about the Moon for Monday since I won't be doing a daily today.

The Moon in Taurus hooks up with change-maker Uranus. Surprises with love/money are possible. Situations that shift our values. The Moon opposes Venus at 4:33PM EDT - more volatility along those same lines. The Moon in Taurus wants comfort and stability and Venus in Scorpio is digging down deep, stirring stuff up and rocking the boat. We may find out more than we really want to know, BUT the knowledge is stabilizing in the long-term (remember that sextile from Mercury to Saturn now). We are figuring out where we stand, what we stand for and who is standing WITH US.

On TUESDAY, Mercury trines (brakes off) Neptune (in Pisces).

Inspirational/intuitive thinking. Creativity. Spirituality. Writing. Our logical mind and our intuition is working together. The words left unsaid are maybe more important than what we are saying/hearing, so pay attention with all your senses. More secrets coming out as Neptune dissolves those Scorpian boundaries. Our ancestors/our past is talking to us. Listen. Meditate. The answers are out there. Not good energy for detailed work, but beautiful energy for creative and mystical work. We are both listening to our intuition AND incorporating truth/the facts into our thinking now.

On THURSDAY, Venus (in Scorpio) will trine the North Node and Mercury will trine Black Moon Lilith. Things are moving forward.

We are sifting through the information/insight, absorbing that Full Moon ending/truth, any need for liberation/to be ourselves, are looking beyond the day-to-day to what is truly possible - we are lining up with our values/what we want to attract. Look for Venus themes/Scorpio themes - love, money, relationships, our values, self-esteem, intimacy issues, finances, what we have merged with other people - to move us toward a more authentic future (that Cancer North Node).

On FRIDAY, we have a Finger of God (a fated situation) between the Moon (in information-loving Gemini) and Mercury and Pluto. Truth. Deep insight.

On SATURDAY, Mercury sextiles Pluto. Remember we had the testing/tension filled square last weekend and earlier in the week, and now depending on what we did with that, we get the OPPORTUNITY. Words are powerful and focused like a laser beam.

On SUNDAY, now it is Venus's turn to sextile Saturn - there are OPPORTUNITIES to stabilize a financial situation. Think quality over quantity. Long term investing is favored. Mergers and acquisitions. Disciplined spending and savings pays off. This is good energy to pay down/off debt or to start a savings plan. Relationships launched now could be long-lasting, security-focused or between a younger/older person. Think mentor. Rewards for hard work can come in. Merged resources/other people's money stabilizes a situation. People will be looking for a commitment.

We show love through taking care of our responsibilities and honoring our obligations. Excellent energy for business dealings. Excellent energy for women to work with and step into authority now.

Keep in mind other than Monday's lunar notes, I list aspects when they are most exact EDT, but we will feel them/can access them as they build and unwind also - so things could happen on different days. Some things we have to deal with and some we can CHOOSE to interact with. Also keep in mind we don't always have to do anything with energy - it impacts us just by being alive on planet Earth. This week there is alot of information coming out and we change by interacting with words/communications/research/our thinking etc. And because Venus is still right behind Mercury - which is ideal is some ways, but also pumps up the volume - Venusian situations/attractions (love, money, self-esteem, values, women, beauty) follow the conversations/information. With both planets in Scorpio, even though this is Libra season, things will go deeper and be sharper (probably no one is bringing anyone flowers right now) than might be comfortable. 

We'll unpack all of this in the dailies.

xo all

photo by the amazing Natalia Ciobanu

Full Moon in Aries | October 13, 2019 - the long good-bye, the change changes, a pressure cooker kind of pushy, clearing the road, a new season of life, a new identity, a wider vista, an open mind

We end an intense week (next week looks easier) with an intense Full Moon - in play for two weeks, but strongest over the next couple days!

On Sunday, October 13th, at 5:07PM EDT, the Aries Moon moves into an exact opposition with the Libra Sun giving us this month's Full Moon.

The Full Moon is always a time of tension - it's a time of Sun opposite Moon. Oppositions are pretty much just what they sound like. This is the "we vs me" polarity of the Libra/Aries axis.

This is the culmination of the Aries New Moon that launched the lunar year back in April, so maybe something from that time is finishing up. Or maybe it never really got started and here we are half a year later. Feels like years ago, doesn't it? I think I am aging in dog years now. Woof.

The New Moon from April is intrinsically connected to this Full Moon - if you have a couple minutes re-read it HERE.

At the Full Moon things peak, culminate or come to light. Results are delivered. Stuff finishes up.

Aries energy is very self sufficient. This is the energy of "me". The sign of "I am". The baby of the zodiac, Aries can't always see the other person's side of things because if they did they wouldn't be able to take quick, decisive action and that quick decisive action is what they are here to manifest.

Aries is the sign of the warrior.

Let's unpack the chart!

The Full Moon/Sun opposition is squaring Pluto (20 degrees Capricorn) - God of the Underworld. What is gone and isn't coming back? What is dead that we are still feeding? What is hibernating and waiting to be re-born?

The Sun squaring Pluto is a powerful transit and happening exactly at a Full Moon amps it up even more. Pluto is always about a death. Full Moons are also the time of endings/culminations. So the Full Moon is both a piece of a difficult long-term process of challenging change via an important ending already in motion AND a space of challenging change itself.

The change could change.

The square speaks of tension/frustration. A power struggle. Maybe manipulations/domination in an attempt to hang onto something. A transformative crisis. Feeling like something is life and death. Maybe it is. Most likely it isn't. With the Moon in brave Aries maybe having the courage to face the dark/lose it all ....

The Moon is opposing the Sun in Libra (and Mars, ruler of Aries is IN Libra) which is about our relationships; always seeking balance and harmony and justice and beauty. Maybe something has moved so far out of balance it will take a big passionate (maybe even angry) push in another direction to get us back to center.

Mars, ruler of Aries and so ruler of this lunation is in his "fall" in Libra - not able to be the Marsy (ie ballsy action Jackson) guy we typically need/want him to be, but on the other hand he is also more cooperative, fairer/more diplomatic, and able to see another point of view.

The Full Moon's potent exact square to powerful Pluto sets the stage for difficult change.

And intense emotions. And the easiest emotion for the Full Moon in Aries to reach for is anger. A challenging matter MUST be addressed. The stuff we didn't want to deal with, if we haven't, well now we have to.

Keep in mind the Moon is in Aries - our action, anger, passion, how we initiate, how we fight, how we get what we want. Full Moon events spring from our actions/ambitions/passions. And the Moon is conjunct Eris (goddess of discord and more of that angry outsider/won't be boxed in energy we have been dealing with this week) - things could get explosive.

The good news and there is plenty - the Full Moon is trining - brakes off - both Jupiter (expansion, good luck, faith, optimism) and Ceres (nurturing, seasons of life issues, what seems outside our control) and the Sun is sextiling (opportunity) Jupiter and Ceres.

This is the chapter where - when we lose, we win. 

The Plutonian ending is creating the fertile soil most needed for new growth AND we have the Jupiter/Ceres trine and sextile to provide the avenues for this growth (we are clearing the road) AND we will need to MAKE AN EFFORT.

A new season.

A new identity.

A fresher vision.

A wider horizon.

An open mind.

Relationships that have been going through a rough patch - which seems par for the course right now as lifetimes of karma drops away (how many of our connections to other people are karmic tangles that as they come un-knotted leave us feeling alone and un-tethered?) - can come back to life over the next couple weeks.

What else do we see in this event chart?

Venus is opposing Uranus (exact yesterday), Mercury is trining the North Node (exact yesterday). Mars is moving off his opposition to hurting/healing Chiron. Black Moon Lilith is moving off her conjunction to Neptune. What a build-up to this Moon! This stuff is in our rear-view mirror, but just barely. Actions/interactions that trigger old wounds. Rebellion. Delusion. Surprises around love and money/or other people's money. Words/information that move us toward something more authentic.

Keep in mind Mercury will retrograde in Scorpio and she/he (as us) is walking degrees he will walk two more times. 

So, everything from now until Halloween (when Mercury stations retrograde) will be "re-visited, re-vised, re-done" from November 1st through November 20th. Keep this in mind now.

This is a time of deep insight. Aspects to Pluto and the Nodes mean decisions we make now, particularly around what stays and what goes (and some of this is most certainly outside our control) and our path forward have both stickiness and long-term consequences.

So, where is it what we want to do/who we want to be (our ARIES) not matching up to our reality?

This Full Moon, with its pressure-cooker kind of pushiness, makes it obvious.

Aries (as us) has excellent instincts.

We have to trust them now.

The New Moon in two weeks (in Scorpio) looks challenging, too. If we are waiting for things to ease up to make a move we will be sitting on our asses until spring. But don't take that as permission to do some idiotic 'toss the baby out with the bathwater' Aries thingie.

More will become clear in the week ahead as we get more revelations, intimacy and commitment deepens and we begin to add some structure/stability to what all this Scorpio/Pluto is digging up.

xo all

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 12, 2019 - building toward tomorrow's Full Moon, abrupt changes around love and money, acting quickly and assertively but not impulsively, words matter

The Moon moved into Aries late last night. Her only aspect today is an opposition to Aries ruler, Mars, at 11:43AM EDT. Emotional arguments/passionate moves. Maybe heroic action where we rise to the occasion or volatile interactions because everyone is all jacked up. Assertion vs aggression. Drive safely. Channel this into something physical. Get some exercise. Work with it.

We are building toward tomorrow's BIG Full Moon in Aries squaring Pluto and trining Jupiter and Ceres.

Venus makes her annual opposition to Uranus (retrograde). Scorpio/Taurus. What we own and what we have merged with other people is abruptly adjusted. Relationship power shifts. Relationship shake-ups. Our values change suddenly. Something is important to us one minute and unimportant the next as our focus moves to something else. Our self-esteem changes. Money changes hands. An unexpected expense. An unexpected influx. Possessions get lost. This is about love, sex, money, jealousy, obsession, merged finances, loans, inheritances. Oppositions are projections, but look like they are triggered by outside influences. It's sudden/shocking/exciting/last-minute CHANGE. And this could have already played out within the last couple weeks - Uranus is ahead of his time. But can also play out now, too. What changed changes. Buy a lottery ticket.

This aspect is part of tomorrow's Full Moon ending energy, so if we have been clinging too tightly to something that isn't ours (and keep in mind we can never lose what is truly ours) or if power within relationships has become too unbalanced - this, coupled with that square from Pluto to the Sun tomorrow coupled with the Full Moon culmination, is potent energy for it to be wrenched away from us to restore some kind of balance.

At the same time, Mars, is inconjunct Uranus. Mars is in Libra, the sign of his detriment (and we know he is squaring the Moon today). In Libra, he wants everyone to get along and can avoid making a move for fear of upsetting someone or standing up for himself, so now maybe he (as us) has procrastinated and does something impulsive or passive-aggressive. This feels kind of like yesterday's rebelliousness within relationships/a compulsion to act in unconventional ways, so more of that energy. In Libra/Taurus this is about "we" vs what I own. Good energy for acting quickly and assertively, just avoid big, impulsive moves. A time of adjustment.

Mercury in Scorpio is trining (brakes off) the North Node in Cancer (our way forward) now so pay attention to the information that comes in/the deep conversations - among all the muddle, something is pointing us in the right direction. Toward something that feels more safe and nurturing. Something that feels like home. Something that feels more authentic.

Words are especially powerful right now. 

We need to pay attention to today's conversations and think about what we are thinking about. With trines things can move so smoothly - this means whatever is happening should fall into place - they are easy to miss or discount.

The right conversation, words, ideas that point us forward will find us. Maybe something we learn now will be needed later.

Speak carefully and purposefully. Talk about what you want to happen and not what you do not want. Words always matter. We are finishing up something here that spills the seeds our next something is rooted in. Use precise language.

This could be a final chance to check something off, revise our plan, or review the details of a situation/agreement/decision, etc. The best answers should come easy. If we have to manipulate, push or force something into place it is the wrong something or the wrong timing.

(although with Mercury in potentially manipulative/secretive Scorpio we may need some Game of Thrones style maneuvering)

And remember Mercury also rules our neighborhood, our siblings and transportation - which sounds random, but actually isn't.

Alot of today's info will flow into the Full Moon post next. It's still Libra season, a time of balance, but with both Venus and Mercury in Scorpio we are going deeper, faster now. The social niceties give way quickly to stuff that is more real and sometimes more messy ....

xo all

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